Following the successful launch of St John’s Hospice ‘Wills Week’ in 2019, we will be running a ‘Wills Fortnight’ from Monday 3rd February to Friday 14th February 2020.
Why should I make a Will?
Arranging and keeping a professionally drafted will, which is kept up to date, is one of the most important things you will ever do. Making a will is crucial if you want to be certain that your wishes are met after you die.
A will is also the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the people and causes that you care about. If you do not make a will the law decides – and this may not be what you want. A will can also reduce inheritance tax for your beneficiaries.
Is it difficult and costly to make a will?
With the right legal advice, writing or changing your will is not difficult.
A valid and thorough will can also reduce the difficulties experienced by your loved ones who are handling your affairs after you die; because they will know that your personal wishes are being met. Without a will the process can be time consuming, costly and stressful at an already difficult time.
It is most important that your will provides for your family, and possibly friends, as this will give you peace of mind.
Are you encouraging people to leave a gift in a will to St John’s Hospice?
You don’t have to leave a gift to St John’s Hospice in your will; we only ask that you consider this as a way of helping to ensure that we can continue to help care for the local community into the future. All amounts whether small or large make a positive and big difference to patients and families cared for by the In-Patient ward, the Hospice at Home Team, the Day Hospice and the Clinical Nurse Specialists.
St John’s Hospice are fortunate to have a partnership with a number of valued local law firms who, during the St John’s Hospice Wills Fortnight in February 2020, can help you write or change your will quickly and inexpensively. These local solicitors provide their time and services to you free of charge during this week. In return for a professionally prepared will, we would be extremely grateful for a donation to St John’s Hospice. How much you donate is entirely your decision, as a guide (that reflects local prices) we would suggest £150 for a single basic will or £200 for a pair of basic mirror wills.
For more information you can download the pack below or register using the form for a Wills Fortnight pack to be sent to you in the post.
* Please note the printed version of our Information Booklet incorrectly lists partner solicitor Ratcliffe & Bibby as having an office in Lancaster. The downloadable version (above) has been updated.